WASHINGTON – Dominion Voting Systems on Monday filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who led the former president’s efforts to spread unsubstantiated allegations about the 2020 election.
The lawsuit seeks more than $ 1.3 billion in damages for the voting machine company, a target for Conservatives who made savage claims about the company, blaming it for Trump’s loss and claiming without evidence that its systems were easily tampered with. Dominion is one of the leading voting machine companies in the country, supplying machines to the state of Georgia, the critical battlefield that Biden won and that took control of the US Senate.
The company was exposed to such a mountain of threats and criticism that one of its top managers went into hiding. The lawsuit is based on statements made by Giuliani on Twitter, in conservative media, and during legislative hearings in which the former New York mayor alleged the voting machine company had conspired to cast votes to President Joe Biden.
Dominion’s lawsuit, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, is one of the earliest signs of the repercussions on the former president’s allies and failed efforts to undermine the 2020 elections that culminated in a professional riot on Jan. January ended in the U.S. Capitol – Trump mob claiming the election was stolen.
“Dominion – whose business manufactures and provides voting systems – has no further allegations that could harm Dominion’s business or question Dominion’s integrity, ethics, honesty and financial integrity,” the said Legal action. “Giuliani’s statements were designed to provoke outrage and inflict enormous damage on Dominion.”
There was no widespread election fraud confirmed by a number of election officials across the country, including Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battlefield states crucial to Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states. Almost all of Trump and his allies’ legal challenges have been dismissed by judges, including two Supreme Court castles, including three Trump nominated judges.
“Dominion is bringing this lawsuit in order to correct the record, defend the company’s civil rights, seek damages and punitive damages, and stand up for itself, its employees and the electoral process,” the lawsuit said.
Giuliani did not respond to a reporter’s message for comment.
During an episode of Giuliani’s podcast, he accused “Dominion had” technologically “stolen the election,” the lawsuit alleges, and warned listeners that cybercriminals could steal the titles into their homes online. The lawsuit also describes Giuliani Pitching Supplements to help heal her aching joints and muscles, and offers a special discount code while he holds up the bottles.
The lawsuit also includes a photo of Giuliani holding a cigar and crouching down cigars on orders over $ 100 on a deal over $ 20 off, after alleging allegations about Dominion and falsely claiming the choice was it has been set by a Venezuelan company.
The lawsuit argues that Giuliani worked with Trump supporters and attorneys Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, and conservative media “who are determined to promote a misleadingly preconceived narrative about the 2020 election”.
Dominion has also sued Powell, who alleged the company was founded in Venezuela to rig elections for the late leader Hugo Chavez and that it has the ability to switch votes.
The lawsuit also alleges that Giuliani’s false statements about Dominion and the “stolen” elections helped sustain the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when Congress met to win Biden to confirm.
“After being deceived by Giuliani and his allies into believing that they were not criminals – but patriots defending the Republic against Dominion and its co-conspirators – they then bragged about their involvement in the crime on social media.”
Associate press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report